The Erie Chamber Orchestra’s Classical Christmas

Posted: December 9, 2014

Gannon University's Erie Chamber Orchestra will present three concerts of seasonal music this week. A noon concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Erie Art Museum will begin the festive week of music making, followed by a performance Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

Both those performances will be abbreviated versions of the full concert to be held on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. Tenth St. That concert will feature ECO concertmaster Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez playing music for violin and orchestra by Vivaldi and Piazzolla, and soprano Shannon Kessler Dooley presenting vocal works by Mozart and Schubert (the beloved setting of the "Ave Maria").

Dooley, who was a soloist for the ECO's Haydn "Nelson Mass" in 2013, will return next spring for a production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

"The Erie Chamber Orchestra is delighted to join the celebration of the holiday season as we perform a variety of beautiful programs for the Erie community," said ECO Music Director Matthew Kraemer, who will conduct all three concerts. "We look forward to welcoming soprano Shannon Kessler Dooley and ECO concertmaster Maureen Conlon to our Classical Christmas concert, as they join the musicians of the ECO in a program of masterworks inspired by the Christmas

season. Happy holidays to all!"

A pre-concert talk will be held on the Cathedral Prep Auditorium stage at 6:30 p.m. with Kraemer and special guests. Admission for these and all other concerts in the Erie Chamber Orchestra's history, is free. For more information on the Erie Chamber Orchestra, click here